Ex-Morgan State coach, player Johnson dies at 79

He helped Morgan win NCAA D-II national championship in 1974

February 28, 2014|Sports Digest

College basketball

Ex-Morgan State coach, player Johnson dies at 79

Aaron Acquilla Johnson Sr., former Morgan State men's basketball player and coach and Douglass alumnus, died Feb. 14. He was 79. As assistant coach under former head coach Nat Frazier, Johnson helped Morgan win the NCAA Division II national championship in 1974. He succeeded Frazier for the 1977-78 season, finishing with a 15-12 record and taking the Bears to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament final.

More men: Syracuse senior C.J. Fair (City) was named one of three Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes selected among 15 finalists by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy. Orange freshman Tyler Ennis and Duke freshman Jabari Parker are also finalists.

Women: Former Maryland and San Antonio Silver Stars forward Laura Harper will be honored at the ACC Women's Basketball Legends Luncheon on March 8 at the Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro, N.C. The 2014 Legends will also be honored during a ceremony at halftime of the first ACC tournament semifinal game March 8 at Greensboro Coliseum. To purchase event tickets, tables or for more information, call 336-369-4673.

Ravens

Thompson marijuana possession charge reduced from felony

Reserve wide receiver Deonte Thompson will no longer be facing a felony drug charge in Gainesville, Fla., according to his attorney, Huntley Johnson. Johnson told The Baltimore Sun on Thursday that Thompson will now be facing a lesser charge of misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Thompson was arrested and charged last Friday night with possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to the Gainesville Police Department. He has entered a plea of not guilty. No court date has been assigned, and the clerk of court said Thompson is still listed officially as being charged with felony possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson said it might take time for the court date to be assigned and for the adjustment in charges to be noted in the court system. The case will be reviewed by the NFL under its personal conduct policy.

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Navy football

Tickets for Navy-Ohio State downtown go on sale today

Tickets go on sale to the public today at 10a.m. for the Midshipmen's season-opening matchup against Ohio State on Aug. 30 at noon at M&T Bank Stadium. Tickets start at $75 and will be available through Ticketmaster.

Spring practice: Coach Ken Niumatalolo announced that the Midshipmen will start spring practice March 17 and will hold 15 practices, potentially concluding with a spring game April 11. Navy returns 20 starters and 51 lettermen from a team that finished its 2013 season with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the ninth time in the past 11 years, defeated Army for a series-record 12th consecutive year, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the past 11 years and earned the program's eighth bowl win.

Et cetera

IronBirds hires Harrington as general manager

Ripken Baseball announced the appointment of Joe Harrington as general manager of the Aberdeen IronBirds, the Orioles' Single-A short-season affiliate. Harrington previously served as assistant general manager of ticket sales for the Lakewood BlueClaws, the Philadelphia Phillies' Single-A affiliate. Harrington has more than nine years of experience working with professional sports organizations.

Women's college lacrosse: Carly Reed scored a game-high five goals to power No. 1 and defending national champion North Carolina (5-0, 1-0 ACC) to a 19-9 win over visiting No. 9 Notre Dame (2-2, 0-2). Abbey Friend, Aly Messinger and Sydney Holman each scored three goals for the Tar Heels, who have won nine straight dating to 2013.

Men's college lacrosse: Tickets for the ACC tournament April 25-27 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., are on sale. For information, call 800-298-4200 or go to ComcastTix.com.

Lacrosse: The Baltimore Hawks summer club team will hold two tryouts for players graduating from high school from 2015 to 2017 on March 16 and March 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Mustang Stadium on Stevenson's Owings Mills campus. The cost for the tryout is a nonrefundable $40. For more information, contact Tim Puls at 443-352-4298 or gtpuls@stevenson.edu.

Men's college tennis: Seven-time defending champion Johns Hopkins was voted the preseason favorite to win the Centennial Conference championship in a conference coaches' poll. The Blue Jays earned the top spot with all nine possible first-place votes for a total of 91 points. Washington College was ranked seventh in the poll, and McDaniel finished 10th.

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